Greetings: my name is Zak Block. In May 2011, I founded (the) Squawk Back, (thesquawkback.com) a free, semi-weekly e-zine of transgressive literature, for which I am now the editor-in-chief, principal designer and an occassional illustrator. In two years of existence we've published the work of 200+ established and emergent, fringe-dwelling, dazed, confused, unscrubbed, slightly unbalanced, cuddly, lovable literary voices, but all thoroughly and unusually brilliant. In that time, 'SB' has grown into a community, as well as a periodical: its unique cross-platform ethos and approach facilitating the free exchange of ideas, discussions, criticisms, and feedback; in addition to being a home for great works of emergent literature, we are also something of a school: for writers, for written works, for ideas; a visionary space wherein readers, editors and contributors alike may brainstorm ideas, develop, experiment with, hone and refine their respective crafts. While undoubtedly we love the work we publish, and the voices to which we lend a platform; and, while we're sure that the hours upon hours of grunt-work we perform each week are, in a sense, their own reward; yet, despite all of that, we are living in a state of relative poverty, and require some manner of assistance from our beloved and be-loving readers and readers-to-be. Furthermore, we don't particularly want to monetize as we feel it would detract from the aesthetic uniformity and not-suckiness of the site.
PRAISE FOR THE SQUAWK BACK "Presenting some of the most uncontrived writing to be found today..." —In Parentheses "Contributing something very unique and special to contemporary literature... revolutionary..." —Structo "...a gem." —L.J. Spillane "It has true bite... it's a defiant cry to hold on, a bold squawk from the fringes of literature... heartening." —Sabotage "Accruing strangeness..." —The Volta "Great fiction and illustrations." —The Ofi Press "An incredible blog." —Burning Muse "A very intriguing publication of unique and sometimes downright captivating short fiction." —Hawleyville "Interesting... thought-provoking." —Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting
Squawk Back Talks Back: Zak Block is interviewed by Alexandra Forero —In Parentheses Six Questions for Zak Block, by Jim Harrington —Six Questions For... Destroying False Gods: Zak Block is interviewed by Patrick Nathan —Xenith Publish the Unpolished, Polish the Unpublished: A Profile of Squawk Back —The Lit Pub